Ericsson's cloud computing platform already has 2.5 million connected and active vehicles. Volvo Cars has now decided that Ericsson's solution will show the way forward.
Two Swedish big companies signed a five-year contract. In the same period, the new mobile standard of 5g is expected from new to well-established technology. Only 5 g is also stated in a joint statement by Volvo and Ericsson to offer "critical applications, such as autonomous driving."
"Volvo is very proactive and progressive in terms of connectivity and how it can be used, but it has also created a lot of complexity for them, especially because they want to offer their online solution, with approximately the same service offering, whether a consumer will drive to Plano, Texas or Guangzhou, China, wanting to ensure that customer data is handled properly from a legal perspective. "They want to make sure that the solution is globally scalable," said Claes Herlitz, Head of Ericsson's Traffic and Vehicle Sector.
And implicitly, Herlitz thinks it's exactly what Ericsson's connected vehicle can deliver.
For a Swedish telecommunications company, investments in the vast automotive and transport industries have become increasingly important part of the business. Car manufacturers are increasingly engaged in attracting consumers through software rather than hardware. Vehicles no longer sell so much with gearbox, engine and horsepower but with features that require a connection.
"Auto is defined by software," says Claes Herlitz.
In-house, Ericsson speaks of acronym "care". Related, automated, redefined and electrified. So, online, automated, redefined and electrified. To be a big reality, it's 5g. At a low level, it's already a reality.
Take, for example, Nobin a self-propelled and electrified bus, which is currently commercially used north of Stockholm. At present, stretching in the city of Barkarby are conducted by three self-propelled vehicles, next year will be six. According to the Stockholm County Council, it is the first self-propelled vehicle in the world in regular scheduled traffic.
When Claes Herlitz reads Ericsson's ambitions for the automotive industry, she wants to show the image of Nobina, a partner of Ericsson, a little cute car.
– He talks. The vehicle is connected in real time and is not connected and will stop. It is very autonomous. It's an electric vehicle. The business model between the Easymile, Nobin and Stockholm County Council seems quite different. It's a perfect storm for the automotive industry. There are many car makers and carriers fighting with it. A lot of newcomers trying to get in. This service provider was not available five years ago.
Another example is the 33-seat Einride truck without a truck, the T-pod. Several T-pod machines are currently in the DB Schenkers warehouse in Jönköping. DB Schenker can go from five drivers to the driver (which is in the appropriate traffic control center and, if necessary, the Einride remote control).
But for Einride T-pod work, a good coverage network and plenty of bandwidth is needed. The network built by Ericsson and Telia in the Jönköping warehouse area can be described as a 4g mesh with 5 g of glaze. It can handle and destroy five simultaneous vehicles on duty.
So, in order to maximize Nobin and Einrid are early examples, a clean ecosystem based on pure 5g performance is required. Of course, Volvo, with its new signed agreement, believes Ericsson will be able to build. It also requires telecom operators to build mobile networks based on new needs.
"There are still many questions about connectivity, what does that mean when we say" really connected vehicle "? I met many car industry managers, and one of them said" when I send my Södertälje car "- so you can guess what The company is about it – "Milan is 30 percent of the time." This means we have a lot of work with cell quality if we are able to create a constantly connected vehicle. built for the automotive industry.
When Ericsson says it has 2.5 million connected and active vehicles on the cloud platform, it can refer to different types of services. All in the fact that the car can lock with the application, at least in the long run, in real-time with the state transport bodies to allow the vehicle to drive autonomously. The latter later illustrates how important coverage will be if an actor like Volvo can establish a large autonomous fleet.
The second Swedish traffic giant with which Ericsson is co-operating is Autoliv, via Veoneer, owned by Autoliva. Autoliv is known for road safety products. But what happens to the airbag when self-propelled cars less or less eliminate the risk of an accident? That was one of the insights that led them to form Veoneer. The company also produces security products but builds them for a company where vehicles are always connected and autonomous.
Claes Herlitz believes that Veoneer is such a player who, in the world where the car is defined by software, can in principle provide the key concept in the hands of the traditional car maker. Therefore, from the point of view of various types of airbags become a sort of comprehensive solution provider.
"It's not all car makers who like this message but a lot of what it does, which means that a carmaker can basically produce a scoop, then move to Veoneer's complete car solution and suddenly have an autopilot, which is completely destructive. If it does, I do not know, but it's a sign in the sky, and you can not do it without a cell phone, without 5g.